Retention Is Not the Problem: Women aren't being drawn to engineering in the first place.

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Retention Is Not the Problem: Women aren't being drawn to engineering in the first place.

October 22, 2009

Abstract

"Study Seeks to Improve Retention Among Women Engineering Students," declares a 2008 news release announcing a grant to four universities. Countless other articles cite female retention as a grave problem. This focus on retention drives a host of strategies to increase the number of women engineers. But is low retention behind the problem? Are women underrepresented in engineering because they enroll only to eventually drop out? The answer, as documented in the July 2009 Journal of Engineering Education, is a resounding "No!"

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